I have been on two minds regarding this new and Limited Edition neutral palette offering from NARS. The reviews were mixed to say the least. Some hated it, some loved and a few in between. I have always preferred palettes to singles & duos and for the same reason my exposure to NARS eyeshadows is limited. Though using all the makeup you own is kind of unrealistic, I hate to build up the unused stash. I always rotate palettes custom or otherwise to get better use out of most. That is where the singles/duos or even the smaller palettes never really work for me. Not to say much, this was a really good way to try out some bestselling NARS eyeshadows!
A palette of 15 NARS signature eye shadow shades for creating unlimited artistic effects. Connect with captivating colors that will have all eyes following you. Ready to wear every day, every way—15 signature eye shadow shades every NARSissist adores.
Price: $79 (0.003ozX15)
How it fared:
For someone used to buttery, super pigmented texture of eyeshadows, I can see why the Palette may not be very appealing. The eyeshadows have a more dry stiffer texture and mostly medium to buildable pigmentation. These perform well over a good primer than without. A good solid base enables better adherence and color payoff. I personally always prefer a primer with my eyeshadows so this wasn’t a dealbreaker for me. The smudgeproof eyeshadow base from NARS as well the Urban Decay primer potion that I tested with the shadows held the base very well.
The colors included really belong in the spectrum of nuetrals. These are some of the bestsellers from NARS. The shades work across skintones and with the 15 shades it isn’t difficult to imagine an array of looks. The palette is a mixed bag in terms of color payoff across the board. While some really has really sheer to buildable pigmentation others really stood out in terms of pigmentation. I did not have any issues with properly blending in or working with the eyeshadows. With a good primer these did stay on me for a good 8+ hours without much fading.
All About Eve I (flesh toned neutrals) had Medium to buildable Pigmentation and frost finish.
Madrague II (matte caramel) had Medium to buildable Pigmentation and Matte finish.
Fez (velvety cocoa) had Excellent color payoff, smooth texture and Frost finish.
Bali (neutral)-Sheer to medium color payoff and matte finish. The texture was slightly dry and this was one of the more difficult ones from the palette.
Coconut Grove (deep brown infused with reflections)-Though the sparkles are evident in the pan, these don not translate as such when applied. The sparkles did not adhere well and it was more like a matte eyeshadow than a shimmer one.
Madrague I (matte cream) had good pigmentation, was realtively easy to work with and matte finish.
Nepal (soft sheer rose) had good color payoff, smooth texture and frost finish.
Ashes to Ashes (shimmery violet based brown) had good color payoff, smooth texture and frost finish.
Brousse II (black violet) had sheer to buildable pigmentation , dry texture and satin finish.
Mekong (espresso infused with gold) had good pigmentation, though slightly stiff it performed well overall. The finish was shimmer.
Bellissima I (shimmering beige with subtle glitter) had sheer pigmentation, powdery and the sparkles did not adhere well unless with a good primer base.
Lhasa (lavender grey) had good color payoff, sheer to buildable color payoff and frost finish.
Bad Behavior (deep pewter) had good color payoff, smooth texture, was easy to work with and had frost finish.
Dogon II (charcoal black) had good color payoff though the shimmers did not adhere well to the base. It translated more a blue black than a charcoal black shade.
Pandora II (matte black) had medium pigmentation, stiffer texture and matte finish.
Overall Verdict: Well the Palette isn’t an all crowd pleaser. If sheer to buildable pigmentation and use of primer isn’t a deal breaker, this palette can really work with its lovely neutral array of shades.